Honeysuckle Aphids

The worst pest of honeysuckle

By: Sandy Feather 2007
Penn State Extension

Q. My Goldflame Honeysuckle was just covered with aphids last summer. I used several different insecticide sprays and finally seemed to get them under control. The aphids are back with a vengeance this summer, and I was wondering if there is anything I can spray the honeysuckle with next year that will last all season. These are such beautiful and carefree plants, but these aphids are a real challenge!

A. Honeysuckle aphids (Hyadaphis tartaricae) are the most troublesome pests of ornamental honeysuckle vines (Lonicera spp.). Their feeding spoils the flowers, and the toxin they inject causes the characteristic curling of the leaves. Honeysuckle aphids have several generations a year, so repeat applications of an insecticide are usually required. Try this tactic to get them under control:

In late spring, before the plants leaf out, apply horticultural oil.

How Dormant Oil Works

The oil will suffocate many of the eggs and reduce the population of overwintering aphids. This is NOT dormant oil. Horticultural oil is more refined and less injurious to sensitive plant tissues.

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